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Scientology shows that if government gives it even an inch, it tries to take over like a virus

On April 13 the South African Department of Social Development established a partnership with Scientology to disinfect their offices. The Volunteer Ministers then used a letter given to them to canvas door-to-door telling residents in the Gauteng province that they were authorized by the department to disinfect homes and businesses.


[Scientologists go door-to-door offering disinfecting services]

On April 16 the Acting Director-General Mzolisi Toni issued a statement warning residents against people pretending to be Scientology VMs to offer disinfection services. While it is possible, we are not convinced of the existence of impostor Scientologists. We have plenty of evidence of Scientologists going door-to-door and no evidence of impostors. Mr. Toni claims there is no partnership between the Department and Scientology and that they only allowed the VMs to disinfect their offices.


Since then Scientology has continued its fumigation process in an attempt to eradicate the coronavirus, such as this visit to the Daveyton Society For The Aged…


The problem is that while the virus can survive on surfaces, the disinfection process doesn’t address infected individuals. Nursing homes and centers such as Daveyton have been hit hard by the virus, which spreads quickly among an elderly population. Disinfecting the home will have no effect on whether residents get the virus or not. Bizarrely, the VMs did take some time from their disinfecting duties to lead an exercise class.

Scientologists have also been disinfecting in the town of Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. VM spokesperson Adnaan Ndakayi shows a profound lack of understanding when he claims that the virus hides in the corners, nooks and crannies. The virus doesn’t hide; it comes from an infected individual who breathes out. The virus travels in the air in an aerosol and sometimes comes into contact with a new individual to infect…


Radio station POWER987News found Scientologists manning a tent in Sedibeng on April 20.


The spokesman claims they have a partnership with the Department of Roads and Transport. Having been spurned by the Department of Social Development, Scientology has found an ally in Roads and Transport and Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo. The VMs were there to disinfect taxis…



This being Scientology there is always the question of money. Most of the disinfection efforts center around Johannesburg and Kyalami, the home of the Advanced Org. Pretoria org is getting in on the action, asking members for donations for the VMs and disinfection efforts. 1,000 Rand is about 52 US dollars. “Fourth Dynamic” groups such as the Volunteer Ministers are a key tool in Scientology’s fundraising efforts…


Not surprisingly, Scientology is failing to bring the coronavirus under control in South Africa. Their efforts don’t address infected individuals or the most important tool in reducing new infections — social distancing.



The number of new cases in the country is a fraction of those in the U.S. and Western Europe, but their curve has not flattened yet. It’s still heading up and nobody can say when South Africa’s cases will decline.

— Rod Keller



Bonus items from our tipsters

Rod also found this inspirational video that provides the real solution to the coronavirus pandemic: Trust in LRH!


And from another tipster: Hey, maybe if we hold still, the virus can’t see us!


TRs in the time of corona…


Challenge: Let’s see how creepy we can make Narconon look!




Source Code

“That which men fear, they become. That’s a cinch. That which men resist, they become. Now, you know the Christian idea of turn the other cheek? Well, let’s get a comparable idea in Scientology. Not comparing Scientology to Christianity, but let’s get the comparable idea. The Christian idea of turn the other cheek had a little truth in it. Let’s get the comparable idea, and that is assume the other viewpoint. No more vicious and horrible person could possibly be alive than one who is willing to assume any viewpoint whatsoever. The MEST universe has rigged up more fairy tales to condemn people who would do this….You see, the MEST universe really wouldn’t be here at all unless people didn’t object to shifting viewpoints. People insist continually on a persistent viewpoint. They say you must have the same viewpoint over and over, day after day, year after year, century after century, and if they could enforce it they would put you into solid concrete and give you just the one viewpoint at the center of the solid concrete and say, ‘There you are and you had certainly better stay there or we’ll get impatient with you.’ You can’t control anybody who won’t assume the same viewpoint continuously.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 26, 1954


Overheard in the FreeZone

“There’s no one on Mars. They’re long gone. This planet isn’t worth the gas it takes to get here. At least, not more than once every few thousand years. (Mars the observation outpost was mostly automated anyway.)”


Random Howdy

“If it weren’t for the celebrities, David Miscavige would have less name recognition than Marshall Applewhite or whoever is running the Raelians.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for October 7 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for June 17
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: May 1 (Masterson new demurrer due), July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), amended complaint filed
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology, breaking bad: Signs of desperation here and abroad
[TWO years ago] Kim Poff, finally free to speak: ‘I want this story out. I want people to know what Narconon did.’
[THREE years ago] Scientology retaliates against Clearwater land deal by trying to shiv a beloved dolphin
[FIVE years ago] EXCLUSIVE: Secretly taped briefing uncovers precarious state of Scientology right now
[SIX years ago] Selling out, and other strange side-effects of Scientology watching
[NINE years ago] Is Tom Cruise Worthy of a Simon Wiesenthal Award? Also: Scientology’s Building Spree


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,919 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,423 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,943 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 963 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 854 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,161 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,029 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,803 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,577 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,923 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,489 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,408 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,576 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,157 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,418 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,456 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,169 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,694 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,224 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,784 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,924 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,244 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,099 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,219 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,574 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,877 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,983 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,385 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,257 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,840 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,335 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,589 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,698 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 26, 2020 at 07:00

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